Sec. Carson: Number of New Coronavirus Cases May Be Slowing Down
U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson told Fox New’s host Dana Perino Tuesday that the “number of new (coronavirus) cases may be starting to slow down, we may be starting to level out.” Moreover, he said that the trend could mean that we’re moving faster to slow the virus’s spread than the “models had predicted.”
WATCH: United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development & White House Coronavirus Task Force Member @SecretaryCarson talks #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/28Al0O3cmc
— The Daily Briefing (@dailybriefing) April 7, 2020
Carson attributed that success to the many people practicing social distancing and staying at home.
He added, “People understand that they have something to do with the mitigation process and we can shorten the duration of this. And we can flatten the curve much faster if we all cooperate.”
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National Institutes of Health renews ‘bat coronavirus’ research funding
Have we not learned our lesson? The now infamous National Institutes of Health has renewed a grant to EcoHealth Alliance for research on the “risk of bat coronavirus spillover emergence.” The news is shocking to many due to multiple agencies of the U.S. government supporting the lab leak theory of Covid’s origin.
“Zoonotic coronaviruses (CoVs) represent a significant threat to global health, as demonstrated by the emergence of SARS-CoV, MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV-2,” a press release read. “Bats were identified as the wildlife reservoirs of SARS-CoV by EcoHealth Alliance, and since then, we have published hundreds of novel SARS-related CoV (SARSr-CoV) sequences from wildlife in China and across Southeast Asia.”
In order to “ease” concerns and some objections, the press release noted on-the-ground work under the auspices of this new grant will not be conducted in China. The study is specific to southern China, but the “renewed work will involve collaboration only between EcoHealth Alliance and the Duke-National University of Singapore Medical School.”
All “recombinant virus culture or infection experiments” will also be removed from the research process. The press release assured that the research would not be “gain of function,” which involves extracting viruses from animals and engineering them in a lab to make them more transmissible or dangerous to humans.
The Biden administration has been supportive. National Review reports:
In February, national-security council communications coordinator John Kirby said the Biden administration supports gain-of-function research despite the potential risks as long as that it is pursued in a safe and transparent manner.
“[The president] believes that [the research is] important to help prevent future pandemics, which means he understands that there has to be legitimate scientific research into . . . the potential sources of pandemics so that we understand [them] and so we can prevent them from happening,” Kirby said.
However, let’s not forget:
in February, FBI director Christopher Wray told Fox News that Covid likely escaped from a laboratory in China, issuing the first public opinion of the sort from the agency on the origins of the virus.
“The FBI has for quite some time now assessed that the origins of the pandemic are most likely a potential lab incident in Wuhan,” Wray said. “Here you are talking about a potential leak from a Chinese government-controlled lab.”
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